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Israel’s ‘Crime’ – Self-Defense

Posted by thelamp on August 23, 2006

Israel again is receiving condemnation from the United Nations and others in the international community for doing what any nation under attack should do – defend itself.

Over the weekend Israeli military completed a raid against a Hezbollah stronghold in Lebanon, despite a cease-fire declared earlier last week. Israel’s official response was that the raid was designed to prevent the transfer of weapons from Iran and Syria to Hezbollah, an action barred by the terms of the cease-fire. Mark Regev, a spokesman for Israel’s Foreign Ministry, said the nation wouldn’t accept a cease-fire in which Hezbollah can use that cease-fire just as a timeout to regroup and rearm and prepare for the next round.”

The raid shows the fragility of the cease-fire. The United Nations is recruiting troops for an international peace-keeping force in southern Lebanon to separate Israeli fighters from Hezbollah’s. Israel is wisely refusing to cede any of the territory it has secured until the peacekeeping force arrives, even if it takes months.

Israel had insisted since the beginning of the cease-fire that it would not stop taking defensive action, and last Saturday’s raid seems to be in line with those intentions. Nevertheless, international criticism of Israel is unrelenting. Lebanon’s Prime Minister, Fuad Saniora, Sunday called the Israeli bombing campaign “a crime against humanity.” Last Saturday United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan called the operation a violation of the cease-fire. Neither leader seems to understand – or care about – the impact that Hezbollah has had in starting this war. They provoked Israel last month by staging a cross-border raid in which two Israeli soldiers were kidnapped. Lebanon is also complicit in fortifying Hezbollah, stating that their military would not seek to disarm Hezbollah as it began to keep peace near the Israeli border.

Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said Sunday that countries which don’t have diplomatic relations with Israel should not participate in the international peacekeeping force. The U.N. resolution establishing the force doesn’t give Israel veto power over who participates, but it does say the force should coordinate its activities with Lebanon and Israel.

“I have been concerned with the cease-fire since it was announced,” said Pastor Rod Parsley, founder and president of the Center for Moral Clarity. “I’m glad that Israel has not backed off its commitment to defend itself. It’s incumbent upon all Christians in this nation to pray for the safety and security of Israel, and ask our government leaders to stand strongly with our only sure friend in the Middle East.”

To help you better understand the current conflict, CMC is offering a prophetic message from Pastor Rod Parsley, “Iran & Iraq: Impending Apocalypse,” for your gift of any size. This timely message is eye-opening and one you’ll want to share with your family and friends. Click here to make an online donation. If you’d prefer to mail a check, download this printable response form.

CMC members may also wish to join Christians United for Israel, a newly formed pro-Israel organization Pastor Parsley serves as a national director. This grassroots organization is committed to advocating for the peace and security of Israel. To join CUFI, click here.



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